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Hit List Q&A: Frank O'Connor, 343 franchise development director

In the "Hit List" from the Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences, the video game industry's top talents describe their current gaming addictions, their most anticipated releases and more. This week: 343's Franchise Development Director Frank O'Connor. Frank O'Connor has worked in and around th...

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Conan knocks himself out in Halo 4

This latest edition of Clueless Gamer, in which Conan O'Brien says he "kinda hates games," is slow to get going as the host struggles with the plot. But it's worth the watch just to see him react to Cortana, and in particular the characters voiced by himself and Andy Richter....

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Halo 4 Spartan Ops ep. 8 trailer exposes the dangerous life of scientists

If video games have taught us anything, it's that the life of a scientist is always in jeopardy. Their labs are invaded, their projects go awry and, as illustrated in the latest Spartan Ops trailer, aliens try to murder them. It's no wonder STEM education is so important – our scientists kee...

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Dr. Halsey lays the smack down in this Halo 4 Spartan Ops episode 7 trailer

If Halo 4's Spartan Ops has proved anything, it's that Dr. Halsey is not to be trifled with – and as the trailer for episode 7 above proves, she's not above smacking a fool....

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Halo 4's Spartan Ops episodes due Jan. 21 and 28, Feb. 4

343 Industries outlined the first three weeks and episodes of Spartan Ops' return to Halo 4, starting as scheduled on January 21 with Episode 6. The next two episodes of the co-op campaign are coming on January 28 and February 4. After that, two more as-yet-undated episodes will conclude the first ...

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This Halo 4 trick jumping video is everywhere at once

Most think of Halo 4 purely as a shooter, but this "trick jumping" video might turn your world upside down. The video comes from Jumprs.org forums user ReiKo, who recently recorded a number of baffling ways to traverse the game's environments and land on previously-unreachable spots. "I just wante...

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Joystiq Top 10 of 2012: Halo 4

Halo 4 wasn't supposed to happen. Halo 3 was meant to conclude the story of John 117, the man we all know as Master Chief, and Halo: Reach put a bow on the franchise, leaving us to sit back and wait for whatever grand universe Bungie would reveal next. But that's not how things shook out. Instead, ...

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PSA: Halo 4 Crimson Map Pack is ready for deployment [Updates]

At ease, solider, because the Crimson Map Pack for Halo 4 is now available on Xbox Live Marketplace. The War Games Map Pass (2000 MSP) grants automatic access to it and two other upcoming map packs, otherwise you have to stump up 800 space marine bucks. Those with the Map Pass can access the pack t...

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Halo 4 and Hitman: Absolution on sale on Amazon today

Halo 4 is on sale for $39.99 on Amazon today, and comes with $10 in Amazon Instant Video credit. What was that you said? You have more money to spend? Well you're in luck, because a PC download of Hitman: Absolution is on sale for $29.99 on Amazon as well, with Xbox 360 and PS3 versions at $39.99. ...

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Halo 4's Spartan Ops returns Jan. 21

Halo 4's episodic co-op campaign Spartan Ops returns January 21. The series goes on hiatus next week to make way for Mountain Dew and Doritos presents Halo 4 Infinity Challenge. January will bring the final five episodes of the season. Place your bets now if there'll be a second season. Spoiler: Th...

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